A Hatchback’s Farewell
Is This Really The End?
By ‘A Hatchback’, we mean the hatchback: Ford Focus RS! Yes, that crazily fast hot hatch with “Drift Mode” which came into the world with a bang in 2016. We hate to be a bearer of bad news but, its production goes out in April this year.
Up until 2016, we petrolheads have been relying on the European aftermarket manufacturers in order to possess this ‘RS’ (which stands for Rally Sport) variant from Ford.
This glorious 2016 model came out of the factory with one of Ford’s best: Eco-Boost 2.3-litre turbocharged four bangers, which produced a ridiculous 350hp, coupled with six speed manual transmission and a high tech all-wheel-drive drivetrain.
Let’s not forget all the driving modes that are configured for this RS; Normal, Sport, Track and Drift. It is said that the RS is at least on par with some of the highly recognised, high-powered AWD competitors: Subaru WRX STI, Volkswagen Golf R, etc.
Since its release, Ford Focus RS quickly became a crowd favourite. Aftermarket manufacturers also went all out for this RS which solidified its presence in the sports car market.
Now that it is out of production, what is next for Ford? Rumour has it that the fourth generation Ford Focus which will be introduced in 2019 will come with a RS variant.
Hybrid or not, your guess is as good as ours. Only time will tell if the new model can fill the large shoes of the still popular Ford Focus RS.